Housing Access Services: Circles of Support

Housing Access Services helps adult Minnesotans with disabilities move to homes of their own.

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Comment by Julie Ann Racino on April 9, 2019 at 10:58am

 Housing Access Services in Minnesota

      As a New Yorker, I was delighted to visit the state of Minnesota as part of our community research case study visits and meet with one of their leading provider-academic agencies. It was the late 1980s, and the visit was about a new program in the US called individual and family support (available on world cat, Racino, 1988, Syracuse University). Our own family support program in New York State, started under Governor Matilda and Mario Cuomo was itself still young, virtually five years from its inception.

        Housing and support (Racino, et al, 1993) was still being fully "conceptualized or implemented" , though its popularity, as one might imagine "took off immediately". Supportive living was the new community program which was described by our colleague Gary Smith of the National Association of then Mental Retardation Program Directors in the US (now, NASDDS, see new video, 50 years). The Home and Community-Based (HCB) Medicaid waivers were the "financial instrument" that held the promise for the "institutional clients" and for then diversion from institutionalization.

      K.Charlie Lakin, known for his studies of deinstitutionalization in the US, with our triparte university partner David Braddock then at the University of Illinois, began Minnesota consulting in housing during that period. Julie Ann Racino from Syracuse University's Maxwell School (Nation's university leadership department in housing and public administration) was "on loan" to the Syracuse University School of Education's Center on Human Policy (e.g., Taylor, Blatt, Biklen, Bogdan, Berrigan, Scro,and Aptner).  

     In 2016, University of Minnesota public administration and public affairs offered 4 or 5 university level courses in housing studies. However, agreements between the fields of education and housing "regarding the population groups" were not visibly in place at the university ("changing roles of rehabilitation"), though endorsed to the Presidential levels in the US. We were pleased at the NYS and US investment commitment to affordable and supported housing (e.g., Paul Carling with his institute on Change through Housing and Support at the University of Vermont), and to efforts to build the housing stock quality which affect "the population groups" involved (e.g., brain injury, mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities).

       Thank you for the Ramsey County and Arc Minnesota video describing the housing and support program, and be aware that the housing property "in New York" is registered through the county offices. In addition, in New York, the counties have high priority program in children's mental health (e.g., First Lady Roslyn Carter, foreword in Beth Stroul, 1996) and have changed "political leadership" repeatedly in the past few decades.

Julie Ann Racino, ASPA, HHSA, 2019

Author of Housing and Disability: Toward Inclusive, Sustainable, and Equitable Communities in Public Administration and Disability: Community Services Administration in the US (Racino, 2014)   www.bn.com

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